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discussion on business sectors that are not currently taxed at the local level, but i have not had time to organize a report on that. we did of a discussion on the department's 2010 budget, and there was no new business. because our hands were full. thank you. president yee riley: 80. next item. clerk: commissioners, we are now on the president's report, which allows the president to report on the small business activities. president yee riley: well, i attended a meeting on community development, and there was a great presentation from the mayor's office of economic and work force development on their goals, objectives, and the funding strategy, which was very educational for me. legislation and policies, and
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commissioner dooley already reported it, and august 3, that was the day we had the new commissioner, commissioner kasselman, sworn in, and commissioner o'brien also gets sworn in. so that is it. thank you. clerk: commissioners, items number 13, vice president's report. vice president clyde: i would like to begin my report by recognizing a woman who gave extraordinary service to the small business community and to the san francisco community, joanie chang, who passed away a few weeks ago at age 41. she was a compliance officer
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with standards enforcement. she was charged with implementing the groundbreaking san francisco law that created healthy san francisco, and the reason i would want to recognize her is that she was a real model in how to educate the community, how to communicate with the small business community. she did it with grace. she did it with just great intelligence and compassion, and i think that the small business community should really an extent -- note should really extend our -- should really extend our sympathies. she was taken way too soon. she believes newborn twins and her partner, -- she leaves newborn twins and her partner. she was only 41 years old, and
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she is diagnosed with cancer seven weeks ago, -- was diagnosed with cancer seven weeks ago. for the members who would like to send condolences, there is a website that was created by her friends and family. it is www.giveforward.org/ bakeanapple, and i would like to think the office of supervisor campos for providing this information and, again, to her partner, and to the new twins. i would like to send, you know, our condolences and our appreciation. thank you, so i am just going to move on. i did attend a convention with bettie yi. she is our representative to the
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state board of equalization. she made it very clear that she did not favor a patchwork of regulations regarding the alcohol industry because it is so difficult to work. she did make it clear that her office is not interested -- her office is interested in keeping small businesses operating, and her office will work with businesses that are having trouble meeting their tax payments. she was very clear in response to members of the public. the state board equalization now requires substantial deposits from businesses, businesses, who do not have track records or businesses that are changing their corporate structure.
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that was brought up at this meeting. her office is responsive to the synthesis go small business community. please contact and the board to work note payments and to work out schedules. she is focused on we are still in economic crisis, and she emphasized that she did not want to see businesses closing. she also discussed marijuana and the challenges of legalization and taxation of the marijuana industry and challenges of the industry that is threatening to pick up and leave if they are taxed.
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this is going to be extremely challenging. the merchants organization in north beach did note -- did have a presentation, and i will encourage everyone to support this fund project. thanks. president yee riley: thank you. next item, please. clerk: next item, commissioner 14, commissioner reports. vice president clyde: i have been trying to keep the small business public more informed about the proposed congestion pricing that is being proposed
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by cta, which is creating a very large corridor in our city that would be charging a fee of entry and exit, morning hours and afternoon hours, perhaps in each direction, and the possible impact that might have on our small businesses. i attempted. attended a workshop cta last month and brought up some of the concerns of the small business community which i attended a workshop. -- i attended a workshop. also, phil did a report on this for channel 5 news, and it was also mentioned in the column, so i just want to continue to keep putting this in front of the public as much as possible so we can get some
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feedback and have folks be aware about what the potential costs might be in the business community. president yee riley: thank you. anymore reports from the commission? seeing none, next item, please. clerk: commissioners, item number 15, general public comment. president yee riley: seeing none, public comment is closed. clerk: commissioners, item number 16, new business, which allows commissioners to introduce new items for future consideration by president yee riley: the riley: -- consideration by the commission. president yee riley: seeing none, next item, please. clerk: item number 17, adjournment.
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commissioners, the meeting is adjourned at 11:46 p.m. --7:46pm. i feel like all of us are starng to see what the problems in this country are. i think plenty of people are opinionated. i don't think there's many forums where you can really express yourself or try to make a difference or anything. i mean...wha'...whatdo... what do i do, ya' know? the only people that i'm able to affect are the people who care about what i have to say. there is something you can do, but i'm sure it wouldn't be, uh...easy.
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different man: i get angry about it, but it's like... ya' know, in my own apartment. [laughs] today we are visiting southern
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exposure in san francisco alison prepares to launch a fantastic new project called beautiful possibilities. we will send them on a two-year adventure crisscrossing the united states to investigate american history and contemporary culture. it is using a traveling road show as inspiration. she will sit down and talk with residents in search of stories and experiences that reveals exactly what makes us americans. >> beautiful possibility is a traveling research project that i will take on a five-month journey across the united states and lower canada. i document this tore on a map that i painted for the project and also from previous projects called the road map to lost america. on the map i have taken all of
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the contemporary borders off the map and replaced them with native territories, and then overlaid it with contemporary highways. i have scheduled venue stops at different areas along the tour, from california to south dakota, that will serve as headquarters for my local research. when i was researching the traveling medicine show, i came across this. they had put out an elixir, and it referred to the elements that came out because of the high stress, high-pressure life, mostly because of the industrial revolution. anyway, i was fascinated by the term american-itis, and i thought it did a lot about the stress-related illnesses, and i was impressed that they picked up on that and the 1800's. i did a survey to see if it was
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irrelevant element today. i have a series of eight painted banners that are retellings of american history. i am particularly interested in transition history between native and european histories and retelling them as if they were a popular myth. there is a mix of eras and characters and times drat these banners. -- and times throughout these banners. i use the olympics and the melting pot, or things reduced down, and come out of this reduction. and something else transforms out of it. they had this strict code of who we should be as americans, and then i had andrew jackson fanning the flames. this first contact, down to george bush in 2008. all of the characters that
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appear are real characters that are taken from my research. we are an interesting mix and i want to provoke wonder about who we are. every one of the characters are taken from actual photographs or documents that i found in my research on american history. in a lot of my banners, you conceal -- uc the melting pot, the imagery and myth that we use in our culture. talking about these reductions of all these different mixes of people, how you distill the experience. that is something i want to think about, collecting the ideas and ingredients, and i wanted to do the san francisco de lexie. -- elixir. we found a spring water underneath a church in cow hollow. we put rosebuds in the water to
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attract peace, and it made a meade. it was sitting in the gallery. we distill that through local herbs. it was really surprising how delicious it was, because we were mixing a lot of seemingly in congruent ingredients, and it was delicious and different from anything you have ever tasted. i would have been happy if it was medicinal. the idea was more important to me. but it was very good. it is something i think a lot about, especially transition history, native americans, how they have this combination of dress, from the clothing from trade companies, mixed with traditional dress. i love how reflective it is of who they are, and also the merging history's coming together. what would we look like if we carry our history with us? all of the merging of cultures,
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reflected in our address? i am thinking of my own history with early europeans coming in and intermixing with native cultures. the one thing i would like people to take away from after seeing my work is a sense of wonder and who we are as americans. that we are really these beautiful mixes of people and we should really be looking backwards at who we are. i think we are all kind of historians in our own life, and there are great presidents behind us -- president behind us that could give us insight into who we are. >> oliver road trip on her website. check at often. new experiences will be added after every stop. >> good afternoon, fellow commissioners, folks in the
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gallery. the date is august 10, 2010. it is 1:35 p.m. >> [roll call] i might note that commissioner ellis is excused from this afternoon's meeting. she is out of town. commissioner crowley: all right, 3. >> i might call your attention to approval of the minutes of july 13. commissioner moran requested modification of two -- actually, three places. on page 8 in paragraph two in the beginning of the middle, he requested minor clarification of the language here, and on page 9 at the bottom, it said it could be accepted without objection. >> i do not seem to have a copy of the minutes. commissioner crowley: i will give commissioner caen a moment
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to look at that. >> if you could entertain a motion. commissioner crowley: as amended by commissioner moran, entertain a motion to accept. it has been moved and seconded. all those on the question, please signify by saying aye. >> we had a speaker cards on this item. commissioner crowley: -- we had no speaker cards on this item. commissioner crowley: 90. we now open public comment. members of the public may address the commission on matters that are within the commission's jurisdiction but not on today's agenda.
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with that, i would encourage folks to come to the dais and state your position in no more than three minutes each. thank you. >> good afternoon. i work for the san francisco electrical construction industry, part of a labor- management cooperation committee here in san francisco looking out to preserve the electrical industry. i work. ibw local 6 -- i work with ibw local 6, electrical inspectors, and the fire department. i just wanted to talk about two items today, specifically a letter that was submitted from the office of labor standards enforcement concerning electrical work and solar jobs here in the city. it is an understatement to say there is a little bit of drama
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going on with some of the solar jobs in san francisco, but as an industry person, i would like to take this chance to get on the record as saying these are electricity producing solar panels, and it is in the best interests of everyone to have responsible contractors using trained electricians. every panel is an electricity- generating device, and these panels can generate upwards of 600 volts, which is extremely dangerous, so we are looking out for a person here. i have a packet of letters i submitted to the sfpuc regarding in city hall job. i have more copies if you need them. basically looking at the scope of work that is defined through the state, and i would be happy to answer any questions after my
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time. but we are in corroboration of the letter submitted from the sunset reservoir for the wage determination on these projects. i cannot get into jurisdictional issues. those are between contractors and labor unions, but legally, this work needs to be paid at a specific rate, and that is dictated by these factual documents. once again, the office of labor standards enforcement has, in our opinion, for our industry, done a great job objectively analyzing this type of work. also, on a lighter note, something we have been working on, too, -- something we've been working on to get rid of these issues, we have been working with the california solar energy industry association, which is the solar contractors association, so what we're doing
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is trying to get union and non- union contractors and labor forces to work together, creating green jobs for san franciscans and free apprenticeship programs. that is my three minutes. do you have any questions? commissioner crowley: colleagues? hearing and seeing none, thank you. next speaker, please. >> hello, commissioners. i am with a new national organization, the food rights network. i am here with my colleague. we are a national non-profit, non-partisan research and advocacy organization, and we are opposed to drawing any food and toxic sewage sludge, which
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is called, by the sewage sludge industry, by a solid and organic compost -- biosolids an organic compost. attached to the statement i meeting is a packet of information regarding our ongoing of instigation of the so-called organic/biosolids compost program, started by the puc staff with the sinegro corporation act in 2007. we have released publicly and nationally the results of new independent scientific testing by dr. robert c. hale for the food rights network. it was found that the sludge product, that the puc has given away free to bay area home and school gardens is contaminated with flame retardants. our attached news release, which
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you all have or will have quotes dr. michael hansen of consumers union, whose organization is one of the many calling upon san francisco to uphold the precautionary principles and permanently halt these sludging giveaway programs. almost a year has passed since the "san francisco chronicle" first reported on this major controversy. in the past year, and has grown to become an international issue. a major investigation by a journalist with the cbs affiliate here in san francisco, and a city hall protest led by the organic consumers association on march 3 and march 4 respectively forced the city to temporarily suspend the sludge giveaway program. previous complaints by the center for food safety and others that already forced the city to stop calling its toxic
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sludge organic, and thousands of citizens -- you can check your files -- have e-mailed, written, and called to officials asking that the sludge giveaway be permanently halted. it is unfortunate that you, the mayor's appointed commissioners, have so far failed to publicly take up this controversy. we, the food rights network, ask that you please do so in september, and we look forward to returning to testify at that time when we have more than the three minutes allotted today, so please, read the information in your packets. we will have additional information for you to consider in september when we hope to see this issue received a full public hearing. commissioner crowley: thank you. colleagues, and the questions? okay, next speaker, please. >> good afternoon, commission members. i live in the excelsior, and i
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am the president of the board for the non-profit skyline stable, located on the sides of the harry tracey water treatment plant, is a low-cost, cooperative stable where the horse owners to all the work themselves. our lease with the water department runs through 2014. our stable mix of a group of small barns that were built long ago by individual families. thanks to you, we have been quietly providing this recreational resource since the 1940's. the harry tracey long-term improvement project currently stresses to demolish our barnes and stables. the initial proposal for this project stated that if the seismic upgrades needed to land where our bonds are located, that we would be relocated. we do not oppose the project. we have only ever asked to preserve the current recreational use. in our association with sfpuc staff, we have run into the same problem. they want to break our lease and
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destroy our barnes. they say they have no obligation to be looking at us. we are running out of time, and we need your help. we are the only non-profits stable on the peninsula. the draft eir claims that we can be absorbed into surrounding stabling, but this is absolutely not true. all the other existing stables are more expensive, most of it well beyond the capability of our working class group of horse owners, and most of these places are already full. please remember that the san francisco general plan states, "public access should be provided by the san francisco water department two portions of its watershed lands, which have high recreational value, subject to restrictions required to protect water quality. we do not expect, nor are we asking to be located anywhere near vital water resources. we have of our own volition consulted a teacher and the author of a book "course keeping: a guide to land
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management for clean water." -- "course keeping -- "horse keeping." we would work with him on a design for a relocated stable that would have zero nutrients and sediment runoff, including regular monitoring of any runoff water. we are not trying to spend taxpayers' money, either. without any investment by the water department, we have been a revenue generator, providing rental incomes for over 60 years. if this ceqa fails us, it will also fail future generations. please do not let that happen. please guide the water department for finding s another spot. thank you for your time. commissioner crowley: thank you. colleagues? thank you very much. next speaker please. >> good afternoon, commissioners. san francisco green party in our
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city. just wanted to stand up as a local sustainability organizer to back up what john said about sewage sludge. i have followed this issue for a couple of decades now. the test that was done on your own sludge by your staff was large in scope and did not cover all the chemicals in these things, let alone the pharmaceuticals. not all of them, at any rate. some very dangerous chemicals were not even tested for, and the bottom line with sludges that once chemicals and solids are mixed together in a product like that, it is not possible -- you cannot get all the toxins out of the sludge. it is just physically not possible to do that. so it is crucial that we maintain the hold on this program and find other ways to deal with the sludge. by the way, not deep injection

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